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Drive-In Discs, Volume One: Screaming Skull / The Giant Leeches

Ken Clark , Yvette Vickers , Alex Nicol , Bernard L. Kowalski    Unrated   DVD
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In an effort to re-create a genuine drive-in experience in the comfort of your own living room, Elite Entertainment has paired up two horror films with nothing in common, tossed in a couple of cartoons, and dredged up a night's worth of intermission fillers. Alex Nicol's The Screaming Skull is an eerily effective little psycho-thriller about a newlywed (Peggy Webber) who moves into her husband's secluded mansion and becomes haunted by the ghost of his first wife. Borrowing liberally from Hitchcock's Under Capricorn (in particular the titular skull that follows our traumatized heroine around ), Nicol gives it a Southern Gothic twist with a decaying old mansion, a "slow," childlike handyman, and a strangling, overgrown setting. The Giant Leeches is another story, a swamp trash take on Creature from the Black Lagoon with floppy rubber creatures trawling the everglades for victims. They're as scary as a garbage bag and about as distinct too, but the real fun is the film's hothouse melodrama of hick poachers and hot-to-trot hillbilly adulterers. The giant bloodsuckers are explained away in classic fashion: "Maybe our proximity to Cape Canaveral has something to do with it."

Elite's transfers are better than one would expect, a little soft perhaps but clear, clean, and intact, and they've both been effectively letterboxed. They've also gone the extra mile to complete the drive-in experience with the alternate "Distort-O" audio option. Select the track and listen to the glorious low-fi reproduction of the tinny, buzzy drive-in speaker sound. --Sean Axmaker

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Screaming Skull/Attack of The Giant Leeches Nov. 25 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
People are sulking about

This film is not worth the storage room. Everything is as transparent as her night attire. And the film makes no attempt to convolute what little plot there is.

Eric Whitlock's (John Hudson) first wife dies and only leaves him the house. His second wife, Jenni (Peggy Webber) is a bit richer. Unfortunately she is still alive; but not for long. You see Jenni is unstable and keeps seeing skulls. They like to scream at her. Now I wonder where the skulls are coming from.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

That is an awful big sucker.

The story takes place in a Florida swamp near Cape Canaveral where those atomic payloads keep falling. A swamp hunter comes back from the swamp with the tale of a strange creature that took four slugs from his mighty gun to dispatch. However he brings back no proof. That night wayward wife Liz (Yvette Vickers) just happens to be wandering around in the swamp when she spots is very same hunter that appears to have been leehcie- aided. Even though the Hunter really never touched a wayward wife the local authorities don't believe in giant leeches so they attributed his death to misadventure. It is not until several other people seem to be disappearing under the same mysterious circumstances that the authorities are finally starting to get curious.

Fat slob Dave (Bruno VeSota) catches his wife Liz on the very edge of the swamp fooling around with his best friend Cal (Michael Emmet). So Dave scares them off into the swamp with a shotgun. And you guessed it. They too become leehcie- aided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A Night at the DRIVE-IN".......FOR REAL!! Feb. 14 2003
By A Customer
I must admit that I'd been holding off buying this (and the other disc)--due to the price AND the conflicting reviews of others (some have loved them...some were unrelenting in their criticism). Finally, I bought them both...

I have 4 speakers installed, in that "Surround" set-up thing...(it also works fine with only 2 speakers)...in the front left speaker, you'll hear the audio of the film (being transmitted over what SOUNDS like an actual Drive-In speaker...very tinny and MONO). In the other speaker(s), what is heard are nighttime crickets, people walking past, cars pulling up to park (beside me!), and other miscellaneous sounds!--all of which is Extremely authentic. For example, during the "Giant Leeches," (on volume ONE) there's even a carload of testosterone-charged teenagers...about 7 or 8 rows ahead (to the right!), who whistle every time blond bombshell Yvette Vickers comes onto the screen. During the intermission "highlights," people are heard running to the concession stand placing their orders, etc. ****REMEMBER: All these sounds CAN BE TURNED OFF with your DVD remote, (choosing the secondary audio track) and you'll hear full-blown (mono) audio without the distractions of the public!

The ambient Drive-In sounds on the second DVD ("Wasp Woman," "Gila Monster") are much more entertaining--I think...especially as you watch the intermission tid-bits and cartoons with two young couples who joke about the images on the screen--with regards to the warning of NO PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION, "Let's All Go to the Lobby," and especially the Freudian humor of "Chilly Dilly Pickles"! You can't help but to laugh with them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who cares about the movies! Nov. 12 2001
I bought this DVD strictly for the classic Filmack intermission clock, which was hard-to-find on VHS. It's the same one that is featured in the movie "Grease", and it's always been my all-time fave intermission trailer. The transfer is excellent, and the copy that Elite has used is in prestine condition. The movies are interesting to watch with all the bad acting, and hokey special effects, but they are classic drive-in movie stuff. I am glad that these discs are available, especially with all the intermission trailers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Dated Movie Oct. 3 2001
The movie "Attack of the Giant Leeches" is a great movie even considering the dated material and the low budget. Even with these shortcomings it is entertaining in todays standards. The acting is good,the direction has flair and the setting is truly spooky. The highlight of the film is the part of Miss Vickers she is truly sexy even by today's standards and it is easily understood why Miss Vickers has developed a cult folling from this film.
The second feature is also well done again considering the budget limitations. I would highly recommend this DVD to any Sci-Fi or horror movie lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly worthwhile! May 17 2001
My wife insisted we buy this, and I really had my doubts. I was, however, pleasantly surprised! This is one of the most enjoyable discs we've bought. While the movies are hardly the best, the overall experience makes this disc a great buy. The ads, intermission, and "Let's All Go to the Lobby" are worth the price of the DVD alone. Throw in the goofy movies, the Distort-O! Sound, and the drive-in background noise, and you've got yourself a great disc. This makes for a fun family night in front of the TV. While some of the content may be too much for younger kids, my ten year old son loved both movies and the extras. We're eagerly awaiting Volume 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly worthwhile!
My wife insisted we buy this, and I really had my doubts. I was, however, pleasantly surprised! This is one of the most enjoyable discs we've bought. Read more
Published on May 17 2001 by Scott Leopold
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new experienc
I was very surprised to pop this disc into my DVD player and actually feel like I was transported back to the experience of going to a drive in theater. Read more
Published on March 28 2001 by Cherryl Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT disc if you have the right attitude!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First off, any videophile or Home Theater enthusiast knows how fairly difficult and/or expensive it is to find genuine Filmack stuff; the hotdog ad, the "Chilly Willy"... Read more
Published on March 27 2001 by Alan Beumann
3.0 out of 5 stars A "Fun" idea
To begin with-neither of these movies are especially good, although "Giant Leeches" is the more entertaining of the two. Read more
Published on March 10 2001 by Robert E VandenHeuvel
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor transfers of classic 50's B-fliks!
Well, I was extremely disappointed in this "drive-in" compilation. I own both Attack of the Giant Leeches and The Screaming Skull on video, and they're much better than... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2001 by Rod Labbe
1.0 out of 5 stars This is DVD? "The Screaming Skull" deserves better.
Look, I know that "The Screaming Skull" is no "Citizen Kane." It's an atmospheric cheapie that has endeared itself to me primarily through my vivid memories of... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2001 by Hans Kellner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Best Thing!
I waited for this DVD for months. Delay after delay. But it was well worth th wait. Unfortunatly this may be the only way for many people to enjoy the sights and sounds of the... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2001 by Randy Lee Debler
4.0 out of 5 stars Closest thing to a real drive-in experience
Long live Distort-O! What a fun concept. Turn off the lights, it's easy to picture yourself in a drive-in. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2001 by A. Gammill
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